Antedating of "Outside the Box"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sat May 1 12:43:07 UTC 2010

The files of the forthcoming Yale Book of Modern Proverbs have this antedating of the phrase "outside the box" (OED 1975):

1971  Michael R. Notaro, Jr., “Management of Personnel:  Organization Patterns and Techniques,” Data Management 9, no. 9 (Sep.) 77:  “THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX [section subtitle, capitalization as shown] /  If you have kept your thinking process operating inside the lines and boxes [of organization charts], then you are normal and average, for that is the way your thinking has been programmed.”

Fred Shapiro

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